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OSF dedicates new emergency department in Monmouth

Lisa DeKezel, president of OSF Holy Family Medical Center, called it a “transformational investment” in rural healthcare.

A $5.5 million redesigned and expanded emergency department OSF Holy Family Medical Center in Monmouth is slated to open within a couple weeks.

OSF officials gathered with community members for a blessing ceremony and dedication in the 10,000 square foot space.

“Thanks for coming to celebrate with us in this expansion of our emergency department,” said Sister Judith Ann Duvall, chairperson of OSF HealthCare Boards. “Because it definitely will make an impact on the quality of care that we can now provide for this wonderful community and surrounding communities.”

The new emergency department has a relocated entrance, 10 treatment rooms, a dedicated triage space, a decontamination room, and a multi-functional area that will also allow the hospital to increase surgery volumes.

Expanding the emergency department has long been a vision for the hospital. The hospital broke ground on the project last year.

Officials praised hospital leadership – and construction crews – for rapid completion of the project.

Lisa DeKezel, president of OSF Holy Family Medical Center, called it a “transformational investment” in rural healthcare.

The Community Health Foundation of Warren and Henderson Counties donated $3 million for the expansion.

The remainder of the funds came from OSF HealthCare and from local donors.

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Jane Carlson covers west central Illinois and southeast Iowa for Tri States Public Radio.